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2014 Gay Games - photo Bob Perkoski

If any word accurately describes Cleveland, it's diversity. By the late 19th century, 10 percent of the city's population was Irish. Next came the Germans, followed in successive waves by Italians, Poles, Hungarians, Slovenians and Slovakians. Today, the largest growth has been seen in the Asian and Hispanic communities. Cleveland has a history of welcoming the immigrant. Walk into the West Side Market on a busy morning and you might identify a dozen different tongues -- and we don't mean the kinds that come from tasty animals. Diversity is not only what defines a city; it's what makes a city great.

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Gay Games 2014

while sports are fun, gay games will leave a positive legacy long after closing ceremony

As the 2014 Gay Games play out with eclectic events all over town, it becomes clear how they will leave a lasting positive effect on the host city of Cleveland. Uniting beneath a banner of inclusion, collaboration and unity, participants and sponsors establish a spirit that will endure long after the lights have dimmed and the last athlete has left the track.

Gay Games 9

gay games + aha! light up downtown landscape

Last weekend, downtown Cleveland literally was glowing. Thanks to the coinciding of a handful of marquee events like the Gay Games Opening Ceremonies and AHA! festival of lights and art, downtown was percolating with energy. Fresh Water photographer Bob Perkoski was there to record all the colorful action.

Jason Estremera working with Amber and Rachel of Pink Java at the Hispanic Business Center

what's working: agencies boost prospects of cleveland's rising number of latino entrepreneurs

Northeast Ohio has a number of resources available for an expanding Latino populace searching for work and business opportunities. These services, say their providers, can keep immigrant brainpower in the area while acting as a talent magnet for the Latino and Spanish-speaking diaspora. 

Dr. Stanley Samuel of OcuSano Inc.

national roundup: detroit's wind economy, memphis' startup symphony, toronto's silicon valley

Issue Media Group publications such as 83 Degrees in Tampa, Confluence in Denver and Model D in Detroit cover "what's next" for urban centers. In this recurring feature, we highlight the top stories in urban innovation from across our national network of publications.

City Life tour hosted by Cleveland Neighborhood Progress

relocation station: how one bus tour exposes potential new residents to the joys of urban living

If you're considering a move to Cleveland, there might be no better means to examine the broad range of residential options than by hopping aboard a City Life tour hosted by Cleveland Neighborhood Progress. In a few short hours, participants enjoy an immersive dive into a number of Cleveland's most in-demand neighborhoods.  
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Diversity Founders

lynlee altman

lynlee altman

City: MidTown

Meet Lynlee Altman, founder of Pinnacle Construction, a general contractor that specializes in unique, complex and safety-critical construction.

debbie donley

debbie donley

City: Downtown

Meet Debbie Donley, founder of Vocon, an architectural firm with more than 120 employees in its Cleveland and New York offices.

ariane kirkpatrick

ariane kirkpatrick

City: Emerging Neighborhoods

Meet Ariane Kirkpatrick, founder of AKA Construction Management Team, Inc., a construction company and commercial cleaning company with 47 employees.

jill akins

jill akins

City: Downtown

Meet Jill Akins, founder of Van Auken Akins Architects LLC.

kazell pugh

kazell pugh

City: Bedford

Meet Kazell Pugh, founder of TLC Springwater.

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